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Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 17 Apr 2024 - 2250 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 17 Apr 2024 - 2250 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 17 Apr 2024 - 2300 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 17 Apr 2024 - 2300 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 17 Apr 2024 - 2310 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 17 Apr 2024 - 2310 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 17 Apr 2024 - 2320 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 17 Apr 2024 - 2320 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 17 Apr 2024 - 2330 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 17 Apr 2024 - 2330 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 17 Apr 2024 - 2340 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 17 Apr 2024 - 2340 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 17 Apr 2024 - 2350 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 17 Apr 2024 - 2350 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 18 Apr 2024 - 0000 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 18 Apr 2024 - 0000 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 18 Apr 2024 - 0010 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 18 Apr 2024 - 0010 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 18 Apr 2024 - 0020 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 18 Apr 2024 - 0020 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 18 Apr 2024 - 0030 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 18 Apr 2024 - 0030 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 18 Apr 2024 - 0040 UTC
Tropospheric Dust Content - RGB for identifying tropospheric dust - 18 Apr 2024 - 0040 UTC
legend for Dust RBG

Dust RGB key:

1 - Dust plume, day (bright magenta, pink) Note: Dust at night becomes purple shades below 3 km

2 - Low, water cloud (light purple)

3 - Desert surface, day (light blue)

4 - Mid, thick clouds (tan shades)

5 - Mid, thin cloud (green)

6 - Cold, thick clouds (red)

7 - High, thin ice clouds (black)

8 - Very thin clouds, over warm surface (blue)


Dust RGB Dust can be hard to see in visible and infrared imagery because it is optically thin, or because it appears similar to other cloud types such as cirrus. The RGB product is able to contrast airborne dust from clouds using band differencing and the IR thermal channel. The IR band differencing allows dust storms to be observed during both daytime and at night.

• For more details, see the Dust RGB Quick Guide, (PDF, 978 KB)